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Technical curiosity regarding ADP encryption


Jan 27, 2011
Hey guys,
Just curious not anyone can shed some light on a curiosity of mine. Does a P25 (or SmartZone backbone control the use of encryption (meaning the data won't pass through if it doesn't match encryption keys) or is it the responsibility of each individual radio to decipher the encrypted voice and decode if the key matches? I ask this because I discovered some time ago that DMR repeaters do not handle the encryption part, and as long as you out a privacy key on all the radios, it passes right through the repeater. Just curious if P25 and SmartZone systems work the same way


Database Admin
Dec 19, 2002
No. The only option on a talkgroup is whether encryption is allowed or not.